1 John 2:16- For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
Usually in a day I will get a craving or two. Cravings can be a natural feeling telling us that our body needs something. Or, in most cases, they are a battle of the mind over something we want that we know we shouldn’t have. Here are some things that I have found that sometimes help fight the craving:
1. Brush your teeth. Sometimes just the feeling of a clean mouth and the minty taste of the toothpaste are enough to eliminate that craving.
2. Chew sugarless gum. My kids love me because I always have gum. I find that chewing something really helps and there are not very many calories in sugarless gum. Again, the taste of the gum usually helps fill that craving.
3. Drink water. Although statistics now prove that water does not take the craving away I find that if I chug a 8-12 once glass of water really quickly I feel full for a while. Plus if you drink enough water your too busy going potty every 5 minutes to think about food!
4. Eat healthy, filling foods. Sometimes, as I’ve said, our body is trying to tell us that it needs something. Eating sensible foods that fill you up can take your mind off the cravings. I always keep a jar of whole dill pickles in the fridge. They really help me cut the cravings and there is only about 20 calories in one pickle!
5. Take your mind off it – find something to do. Sometimes we eat because we are bored. I find if I’m at the computer or watching TV I can get some incredible urges to eat. Getting up and doing something different can take your mind off it. Reading the Bible is a great way to get your mind off food.
Exercise – oops! I said that bad word. But it is true. Sometimes when I have a bad craving I can get on my stationary bike or treadmill and burn the craving out of my mind.
6. Indulge sensibly – If all else fails, indulge sensibly. One Hershey Kiss is not very high in calories or fat. Suck on it slowly and enjoy it… but only one. If your like me, this is a last resort because I have trouble stopping at one. There are also plenty of 100 calorie snacks that are portioned to help you with your craving without over indulging.
Dear God, Please help me put aside the cravings of the flesh and get more into your word. Give me strength and self-control. Amen.
“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.”
“Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steadily gains in strength. At first it may be but as the spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.”